2014 Recipient | AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards

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Kings Beach Housing Now | Notes of Interest

This project provides affordable workforce housing for low-income workers and families who previously lived in dilapidated, substandard housing in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Consisting of nine buildings located on five scattered sites (named Chipmunk, Deer, Fox, Trout, and Brook), Kings Beach Housing Now provides 77 LEED Silver apartments that reduce negative impacts on the environment, reuse infill land, and preserve Tahoe’s beautiful open spaces.

To better understand the demand for affordable housing, the development team formed partnerships with community advocates and nonprofits to sponsor a housing needs assessment. Data from more than 300 surveys, conducted in both English and Spanish, were gathered and analyzed. During the planning and design phases, the team held more than 30 bilingual community meetings to develop housing strategies and gain insights into the needs of the workforce and business owners. To meet those needs, the developer led efforts to rewrite and modernize land use and zoning codes for two governing agencies. As a result, the project received 100% density bonuses and drastically reduced parking requirements.

Today, the project’s buildings are the tallest and highest density buildings in the Tahoe Basin. People are able to live near their jobs and amenities, reducing vehicular dependence in this region of heightened environmental sensitivity. In addition, an advanced biofiltration system naturally filters 100% of on-site storm water, which prevents sediments and pollutants from negatively impacting the lake. The developer has also implemented a number of area-wide infrastructure improvements.

Additional Credit

  • Acoustical Consultant: Bollard Acoustical Consultants
  • Consultant: Telesto Nevada, Inc.
  • Consultant: Harris & Sloan Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Contractor: Brown Construction, Inc.
  • Engineer – Civil/Geotechnical: Marvin E. Davis & Associates, Inc.
  • Engineer – Electrical: Sacramento Engineering Consultants
  • Engineer – Mechanical/Plumbing: Sacramento Engineering Consultants
  • Engineer – Structural: Wood Rodgers
  • Landscape Architect: Garth Ruffner Landscape Architect

Photo Credit

© Tom Zikas Photography; Chelsea Bowman; Dave Adams

Kings Beach Housing Now

  • Architect: YHLA Architects
  • Owner: Domus Development
  • Location: Kings Beach, California

Jury Comments

We liked how they worked with the local community. In fact, the heart of this project isn’t about pure design but, rather, the wonderful process they went through.

The “before” product was so dilapidated and the “after” is just beautiful.

This is the first phase of many that will write the story for this town.

All affordable housing should turn out to be like this.

2014 AIA/HUD Secretary's Awards Jury

  • Nancy Ludwig, FAIA, Chair
  • ICON architecture, inc.
  • Charlestown, Massachusetts
  • David Barista
  • Building Design+Construction
  • Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Louise Braverman, FAIA
  • Louise Braverman Architect
  • New York City
  • Keith Fudge
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Washington, DC
  • Paul Joice
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Washington, DC
  • Jean Rehkeamp Larson, AIA
  • Rehkamp Larson Architects, Inc.
  • Minneapolis

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